Baton Rouge commission approves Mid-City beer garden, discusses street renaming

Baton Rouge commission approves Mid-City beer garden, street renaming

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Planning and Zoning Commission paved the way Monday for a beer garden to open in Mid-City.

The proposed beer garden would be located on Government Street and Steele Boulevard. It is the brain child of the owners of the Radio Bar.

With overwhelming support, the planning board approved rezoning the area to allow alcohol sales.

The commission also discussed the renaming of East Boulevard to T.J. Jemison Boulevard. The street runs right in front of Reverend Jemison's home church, Mount Zion Baptist Church.

T.J. Jemison's civil rights legacy remains there. He was asked by Martin Luther King to reveal details of Baton Rouge's Bus Boycott and used that successful one as a blue print for the nationally famous Montgomery Bus Boycott.

The application to rename the street has been received and there will be a public hearing on October 19. The planning commission will take public comments and then make a recommendation to Metro Council and then Metro Council will take the appropriate action.

The proposed beer garden item will head to the East Baton Rouge Metro Council for final approval. The council's next meeting is Wednesday, but no word yet on if it will make it onto the agenda.

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